To walk in the light is to be honest, real, and vulnerable. It is to take off our masks; to come out of hiding, and to let people see what’s really going on in our hearts. It is to open up to others: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” –James 5:16
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” –1 John 1:7.Walking in the light with others:
* Lightens our heavy burdens
* Eases our pain;
* Washes away our guilt
* Intoxicates with a holy high;
* Releases supernatural mercy and grace;
* Produces emotional, spiritual, and even physical healing;
* Removes our sense of alienation;
* Creates beautiful, loving, harmonious, and holy relationships;
* Brings forth the glory of God in an almost tangible way.
I was a mess–struggling with and tormented by many things: worry, fear, negativity, lust, and an overwhelming feeling of inferiority. Then one day I walked into an ekklesia style meeting and encountered a group of people who walked in the light with one another. They soon became my best friends. They were Christ-followers, not just in name only, but in living reality. They opened up about their issues, struggles, and sins and supported and encouraged each other. Walking in the light with those brothers and sisters demonstrated the present day reality of Jesus to me and set me free from many things.
I learned that a 1-time experience with Christ is not enough. We are also called to walk in the light with Him and with others.
Unfortunately, the 21st Century religious system is not conducive to people walking in the light. It trains us to passively listen to the same person week after week, not to openly share and confess our hurts, struggles, and sins. Therefore modern Christianity is weak and easily compromised and conformed to contemporary culture. (No wonder so many people are becoming Dones — people done with church.)
A key to releasing the power of Christ in your life and in our culture is to humbly walk in the light with a group of other Christ-followers. If you would like to encounter a group like that check out The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207 on Sundays @ 10:45 am.